Stories

"Since I joined I have seen the real difference that being an air cadet makes to young people in my community."

William Ainsley, consultant at Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation NHS Trust
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Sea cadet commanding officer in uniform

“I benefitted so much from being in the cadets as a young person that it’s good to be able to pass the opportunities on."

Michelle Blackburn, officer commanding, Harrogate Sea Cadets
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“There is nothing like watching the progress the cadets make during their time with us."

Clare Crebbin, officer commanding, 58 (Harrogate) Squadron
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Reserves Umar and Ibrahim

“There’s nowhere else I know where you get to do the sort of things I do in the reserves and I enjoy every bit of it."

Private Ibrahim Choudhury, 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment
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Prince Edward with three Tetra Tech executives

"We recognise the value that service leavers and reservists bring to the company and are committed to supporting them."

Chief executive Douglas McCormick
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Cadet Sergean Major Emily Haigh

"It’s ok to struggle, it’s ok to have confidence issues, it’s ok to step out of your comfort zone. In the Army Cadet Force, you will have someone there to support you."

Cadet Sergeant Major Emily Haigh
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Reservist Helen Haigh outside building in Leeds she helped to manage

"Being a reserve gives you the opportunity to build a much wider skills base and I encourage all my colleagues to think about joining."

Captain Helen Haigh, Royal Engineers.
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Female in front of Hull Civic Hall in army dress

“As a local authority, we’ve developed all sorts of different ways in which we and our partners can support the armed forces community,”

Tracy Harsley, assistant director at Hull City Council.
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Medical reserve Rachel Reynolds outside Rotherham Hospital

"As a reservist, you get the best of both worlds because you run two parallel careers which can each complement one another."

Major Rachel Reynolds, 212 Field Hospital, Sheffield.
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"I’m massively into physical fitness and military training gives me an extra outlet for that.”

Aircraftsman Danny Railton, 609 Squadron, Leeming.
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Reserve and paramedic Vanessa Thomas

"The reserves has given me a lot of opportunities I wouldn't have got in civilian roles."

Corporal Vanessa Thomas, 335 Medical Evacuation Regiment
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“Before I joined the Sea Cadets, I was painfully shy. But now that's all changed and I've achieved the highest honour a cadet can get."

Chloe Feirn, Thorne Sea Cadets
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"We wanted to transform our communities to make them truly inclusive and to take specific account of the needs and challenges of the military."

Lisa Swainston, stronger communities manager
Doncaster Council's story